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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668045145
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

A Magical Girl Retires: A Novel By Park Seolyeon, Anton Hur (Translated by) Cover Image
By Park Seolyeon, Anton Hur (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780063373266
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Published: HarperVia - April 30th, 2024

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) By Tamsyn Muir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tor Books - July 14th, 2020

This book shoved aside all other interests out of my head once I got into it. A must-have for fans of gothic horror, battle royales, murder mysteries, and mean gays. The mix of contemporary tone and classic sci-fi suspense creates an atmosphere entirely unique to Muir’s writing.

This Is How You Lose the Time War By Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

A deviously-written and tragic futuristic love story between agents on either side of the Time War, where two factions change the course of history in different timelines to tip the scales in their favor. These agents, Red and Blue, meet across the battlefield and communicate through letters, and what begins as playful teasing and cocky declarations of victory slowly and deliciously turns into picking each other's brains, asking about their inner lives, and slowly learning the true scope of the feelings they have for one another. The writing is flowery and perfectly characterizes the characters’ transformations, both born from their surroundings and each other. Perfect for fans of the enemies-to-lovers trope, long-distance relationships, sapphic yearning, and anti-establishment science-fiction. 


The Salt Grows Heavy By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250830913
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Published: Tor Nightfire - May 2nd, 2023

I’m not usually a fan of fairytale retellings, but this one gets a pass; it follows the aftermath of an alternate version of The Little Mermaid, where the siren-like mermaid instead burns the kingdom to the ground and abandons the ashes she and a masked doctor leave behind. It’s a perfect short story chronicling a snapshot of their relationship, their silent camaraderie and unspoken understanding of one another and their minds as they come upon unspeakable horrors committed in the name of gods and immortality.The only thing I have a problem with is how short it is– I could read hundreds of pages of these two walking in loving, desperate silence anywhere. Good for fans of wandering episodic series like The Witcher and Castlevania, and one-sitting reads that leave you desperate for more. 

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The Deep Dark: A Graphic Novel By Molly Knox Ostertag Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338839999
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Published: Graphix - June 4th, 2024

Wakenhyrst By Michelle Paver Cover Image
ISBN: 9781788549578
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Published: Head of Zeus - January 23rd, 2024

If you need a book to devour in one sitting, this is the one for you! I couldn’t put this book down once I started really getting into it; the plot thickens the same way snow would before an avalanche. In short, a woman retells her childhood as it is formed and misshapen by Victorian ideals, fire-and-brimstone Christianity, and her father’s descent into madness after he uncovers a “cursed” painting. This book is fascinating for the protagonist’s earnest and authentic perspective, both as a Victorian child and later woman- how her childlike wonder turns into spirituality, and how that spirituality is at odds with the Victorian ideals of the time and makes her father even more paranoid as he falls prey to conspiracy theories and folktales about the devil. Perfect for enjoyers of period pieces, family drama, kind-of-but-not-really supernatural, and a man that falls prey to his own terrors. 

Nothing But Blackened Teeth By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250879516
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Published: Tor Nightfire - August 30th, 2022

A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Silver Under Nightfall: Silver Under Nightfall #1 By Rin Chupeco Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982195724
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - July 25th, 2023